When German countess Karlotta Liebenstein died in 1992, she left a staggering $80 million-plus inheritance to her dog, Gunther III.
Since then, a group of handlers have helped maintain a jet-setting lifestyle for a succession of dogs with trips to the Milan and the Bahamas, where the latest Gunther recently dined out at restaurants every evening. His (well-fed) handlers like to see that he gets out and meets people.
Gunther VI now reportedly owns the Miami mansion that Madonna once called home. She sold the nine-bedroom, 8,400-square-foot Tuscan-style villa to Gunther IV for $7.5 million in 2000.
Now his grandson, Gunther VI, has put the luxury waterfront property on the market for $31.75 million. Madonna responded to the news in an Instagram story with the caption,
“when you find out a dog is selling your old house for 3 times the amount you sold it for.”
The humans who were entrusted with the dog’s estate have made investments and allegedly
“amassed a fortune worth approximately $500 million.”
(Madonna’s net worth is estimated to be $850 million, so she’s still got the pooch beat.)
Gunther VI has been reported to sleep Madge’s old bedroom, but the New York Post is calling bullshit. Broker Ruthie Assouline and husband Ethan are allegedly listing the property for their client, who is a 65-year-old Italian entrepreneur named Maurizio Mian.
A source told the Post,
“There is no dog sleeping in Madonna’s former bedroom.
This is a totally made up story. The broker is talking nonsense. There is no dog. There never was a dog. The owner thought it would be a fun way to score a reality TV show. That’s it.”
The Gunther hoax was called out before in 2005 when Mian’s shell company Gunther Corp. paid $7.5 million for the home.